I'm a mom and wife, located in Indiana. I've always loved the outdoors. I'm an avid hiker and beginner backpacker. Actually, I love just about any outdoor sport. And I hope to share some of my adventures with you here.
I’ve spent most of my life outdoors, camping and hiking. When I was a kid it was as simple as heading out in jeans, t-shirt and tennis shoes. But nowadays it seems like the outdoor world has all kinds of outdoor apparel and accessories to make the trip more comfortable. So here are my top... Continue Reading →
I’v always loved to be outdoors, camping and adventure are in my blood. And this is how I became the outdoors mom. It all started, of course, with my parents, who are adventuresome themselves. Even now, in their 70’s, they still enjoy travel and adventure (though at a slower pace). They are big believers in the family vacation, packing up four kids in a station wagon and heading out on the road.
Mom and the station wagon
Every summer we took a vacation, including one National Lampoons-esk trip across the country to California. Most of these trip included camping because it’s an inexpensive way to travel for a family of 6.
The ole’ pop-up camper
Those vacations and camping trips are the stuff of legends, stories that are told and re-told, memories re-lived over and over again. Those family trips have stayed with me all my life, shaping me, my…
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Why is hiking my favorite hobby? Well, it's ineffable really. John Muir probably said it best. I'm tired, nerve shaken and over civilized. A trip into nature, even a short one, is necessity. Its going home, to my soul home. Where I can think, rest and begin to feel whole again. I dare say... Continue Reading →
You know it's been too long since your last hike if a 1.5 mile walk down the local parade route gave you sore legs. I've been busy doing everything but getting outdoors. Maybe it's high time I get back out there. Leave some encouraging words in the comments. Happy 4th of July. Stay safe out... Continue Reading →
My mother raised me to love the outdoors and I hope I've raised my son to love it as much as I do. From hiking and backpacking to kayaking and mountain biking; we've had our adventures. And now that my son is grown, and I've got more time on my hands I hope to write... Continue Reading →
Day 1 of a 30 day blogging challenge. 15 Facts about me: I majored in interior design, but never really worked in that field I'm a registered adult boy scout leader I was on the dean's list in college I've been married for 17 years I ran a half marathon in 2013 I do not... Continue Reading →
Quick tip: when packing for a potentially wet camping trip, pack in zip-top bags. We all hope for dry conditions when we go camping, but that almost never happens. I think I’ve been rained on more times than not when camping. So, I’m always prepared. In an utter downpour there’s not much you can do... Continue Reading →
Turn a 40 degree bag into a 30 degree bag Sack up for cold weather camping Admittedly, I’m a fair weather camper. I generally prefer to camp or backpack in spring or fall. Months in advance, I had planned for an early spring weekend camping trip. But in the days prior to the planned trip,... Continue Reading →
Lately, I’ve been reading Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. This is a wonderful book for all women, and I highly recommend it. I’ll have to do a full write up in another post, but today I want to talk specifically about chapter 9; “Homing: Returning to OneSelf”. Estes talks about... Continue Reading →